I spoke with an SDP MP recently about how Finland had turned into a two-tier market, where small- and medium-sized companies were exploiting immigrant employees by overworking and grossly underpaying them.
There was a very interesting interview of former anti-immigration Muutos 2011 president, Juha Mäki-Ketelä, in Suomen Kuvalehti, who surprisingly resigned in July. Muutos 2011 is close to registering as a political party to take part in the April 2011 elections. Its campaign platform is strongly based on the usual anti-immigration rhetoric found in similar xenophobic and ultra-nationalist parties in Europe.
With the April 2011 election approaching, parties in Finland are feverishly searching for ways to lure voters. One campaign issue that has the ability to move voters and inflame passions are immigrants and immigration to Finland. I personally feel that Finns are not going to be led by rhetoric and false arguments.
If I were an ultra nationalist and enjoyed bashing immigrants for fun and political profit, Finland is the country to be in today.
If the one-sided immigration debate were left to a certain grup of people, we would end up in trouble. A good example is the term “critical of immigration,” maahanmuuttokriittinen, which is a funny word used to describe groups that are in fact hostile to immigration.